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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday March 22, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Temporarily Eliminating Telemedicine Copays
TULSA, Oklahoma, March 20 -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma issued the following news release: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK), announced it will temporarily lift cost-sharing for medically necessary medical and behavioral health services delivered via telemedicine in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This applies to all members who are insured by BCBSOK and includes telemedicine services retroactive to March 15, 2020. "First and foremost, we want to m  more

Community Newspaper Holdings: Duncan Native Promoted to Banner General Manager
DUNCAN, Oklahoma, March 21 -- Community Newspaper Holdings issued the following news: Crystal Childers, veteran Duncan Banner advertising executive, has been promoted to general manager. Her appointment is effective immediately. Childers joined the Banner in 2013 as an advertising representative. She will continue her responsibilities as advertising director in her expanded management role. "I'm excited about this opportunity to lead the Banner in serving the community," said Childers. "And I  more

East Central University Announces COVID-19 Response Plan
ADA, Oklahoma, March 15 -- East Central University issued the following news: East Central University is taking the necessary steps to keep its students, faculty and staff protected from exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). ECU announced its COVID-19 Response Plan Thursday, which is geared toward avoiding the facilitation of large gatherings on campus. Because the virus is contagious, reducing the number of gatherings should help prevent any potential spread. "The response from faculty and  more

In Case You Missed It: Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Holds Press Conference, Issues Executive Orders in Response to Covid19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 19 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt yesterday held a press conference to provide an update on the State's response to COVID-19 and announce he has issued two Executive Orders. "The health and safety of Oklahomans is our number one priority," said Governor Kevin Stitt. "We are committed to making the right decisions based on the available data and to be transparent in our decision making. We are actively work  more

McAfee & Taft: Do Your Losses Have Business Disruption Insurance Coverage?
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 21 -- McAfee and Taft, a law firm, issued the following news: With many businesses having to shut down or severely limit their operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many may be looking to their insurance policies for some relief. In a business Q&A with The Oklahoman, McAfee & Taft business and banking attorney Bob Luttrell explains what business interruption insurance is, why it may (or may not) be triggered by the current pandemic situation, and what companies  more

McAfee & Taft: Employers Brace for Paid Leave Brought on by Coronavirus
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- McAfee and Taft, a law firm, issued the following news: On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide paid leave for workers affected by the coronavirus and that would expand FMLA. Two days later, the House passed a technical amendment to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that reduced certain available benefits. Experts are predicting that the U.S. Senate will scale back the benefits even further before votin  more

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Campus COVID-19 Update
MIAMI, Oklahoma, March 14 -- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College issued the following news: NEO continues to maintain normal operations and is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Contingency plans have been developed in the event we have to deviate from our normal operations. As students prepare to depart from campus, we encourage them to consider taking instructional materials and devices with them. Since the situation could change rapidly, students, staff and faculty will be notif  more

Okla. Department of Corrections COVID-19 Response: State Corrections Continues Providing Essential Services During State of Emergency
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 21 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections continues providing services essential to protecting staff, the public and inmates, despite the current state of emergency. While the work of every employee is essential to meeting ODOC's legal and constitutional responsibilities to care for inmates 24 hours a day, the agency has identified staff who have the tools and technology necessary to perform their duties  more

Okla. Department of Corrections Unleashes New Protocol to Combat COVID-19 Virus
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 21 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: Prisons are meant to protect the public. But it's also the Department of Corrections' obligation to keep staff and inmates safe. These days, the enemy is microscopic. Capt. Jesse Smith said, "Everyone sees the news and is worried about the virus, but when you walk into the facility and know it's clean, you have less to worry about." Advanced disinfecting protocol begins at the doors of every DOC facili  more

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, GTL Agreement Provides Free Calls for Inmates During COVID-19 Pandemic
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 18 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: Friday, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections suspended all visitation and volunteer access to facilities to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. To lessen strain on inmates and their families, ODOC officials have established an agreement to provide each inmate with two free five-minute-long phone calls each week starting Wednesday. The agreement with the telecommunications company GTL, w  more

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality: Boil Order Lifted for Skulls Unlimited International Water System
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 16 -- The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced that the boil order for the Skulls Unlimited International water system, located in Moore, has been lifted. The water is now safe for human consumption. The order to boil water was issued due to the presence of E. coli. State and federal regulations require that customers be notified if, at any time, public  more

Oklahoma State Sen. Hicks Releases Statement: Will Work Remotely to Better Protect Loved One
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- The Oklahoma Senate issued the following statement: State Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on Monday on her decision to work remotely to better protect a family member following reports of further spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. "Senate is in session today, but I will not be present. I wanted to take a moment to explain why my absence is leading by example. "The severity of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow and com  more

Oklahoma State Senate Advances Legislation Temporarily Revising Open Meeting Laws During COVID-19 Health Crisis
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation temporarily revising Open Meeting laws so that some members of a public body could participate in public meetings via videoconference and teleconference. Currently, Open Meeting laws allow some members of the public body to participate via video conference, but still require a quorum of members be physically present at the meeting. Ho  more

Oklahoma State Senate Leader Statement on COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- The Oklahoma Senate issued the following statement by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City: "The Oklahoma Senate today learned that someone in the Senate has tested positive for COVID-19. "While the risk to a majority of Senate personnel and senators remains low, per the recommendation and under the guidance of health officials, we are taking appropriate measures. "In addition, beginning Wednesday, March 18, and through Friday, March 2  more

Oklahoma State Senate Treat Announces Closure Through March 27
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 21 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City: "The Oklahoma Senate will remain closed through Friday, March 27. During this time, we are working hard, be it remotely, to help deliver essential state services and to meet the needs of our constituents during this health crisis. Senators and our staff remain in constant contact with the governor and other executive branch officials in healt  more

Oklahoma State Senate: Legislative Leaders Announce Updated Capitol Access Policy for COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: House and Senate leaders on Monday announced restricted access to the Capitol building in response to the COVID-19 challenge in Oklahoma. Beginning Tuesday, in order to reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19, access to the Capitol will be restricted to elected state officials, essential Capitol staff, credentialed press and state officials invited to essential meetings. These restri  more

Oklahoma State Treasurer Announces COVID-19 Containment Efforts
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel issued the following news release: Effective Wednesday, March 18, the lobby of the Office of the State Treasurer will be closed to the public until further notice, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced. McDaniel said the action is being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of the public and treasury employees, and ensure continuity of operations. "The critical operations of the treasurer's off  more

Public Service Company of Oklahoma Announces $50,000 AEP Foundation Grant to Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund
TULSA, Oklahoma, March 20 -- Public Service Company of Oklahoma issued the following news release: On behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, Public Service Company of Oklahoma is announcing a $50,000 grant to the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund. "We are grateful to be part of the Tulsa community and part of this extraordinary effort. In this time of uncertainty, it's inspiring to see our community's compassion toward those in need," stated Peggy Simmons, PSO president and chief op  more

State Regents Recognize Institution, Business Partnerships
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 18 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release: Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma's workforce. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses a  more

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Researcher Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Project
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 20 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has launched a research collaboration with Pure MHC, an innovative biotechnology company, to work toward the development of a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. At the OU Health Sciences Center, the scientific team is led by William Hildebrand, Ph.D., whose expertise is helping the body's protective immune cells target and kill virus-in  more

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Closed March 16-20
NORMAN, Oklahoma, March 17 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release on March 15: Dear OU Community: I write with an important update regarding the University's response to COVID-19. FIRST OU COVID-19 CASE - NORMAN CAMPUS Today we received notification that a member of our Norman campus community tested positive for COVID-19, which is a situation occurring across America, including our universities. According to our preparedness plans, we will cooperate with Health Depa  more

Update From Interim President Harroz - March 18, 2020
NORMAN, Oklahoma, March 19 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: Dear OU Community: I write with important announcements across a range of issues related to COVID-19 and OU. The safety of our community and our fellow citizens is our first obligation, which is why we are taking the necessary measures noted below. We must do our part to help confront this public health crisis. Fortunately, in making our decisions, we have the benefit of our subject matter experts at t  more